The Pilot is Honda's midsize sport utility vehicle meant
for busy families that like a little adventure in their
lives. Being a Honda, it is well put together. It isn't
especially flashy, but it does have numerous comfort features
and practical accessories.
This year, the 2005 Honda Pilot gets even more features,
plus more horsepower from its engine. In addition, the powertrain
uses a new Drive by Wire (DBW) Throttle System for better
responsiveness and fuel efficiency.
The 2005 Honda Pilot is offered in three models: LX, EX
The Honda Pilot is a big, roomy SUV with three rows of seating
for up to eight passengers. You can easily carry around
plenty of goods with 60/40 split folding bench seats for
the second and third rows. The total cargo volume is tallied
at 90.3 cubic feet.
Interior upgrades mark the 2005 entry. Included are a revised
instrument panel with added ambient lighting, the addition
of a driver footrest, a new integrated remote key fob and
a new magnesium frame steering wheel.
For families that like adventure, but also want to ride
in class, there's the top-line EX-L trim. It has leather
upholstery, heated front seats, automatic climate controls,
an 8-way power driver seat, an AM/FM/cassette player with
in-dash 6-disc CD changer and steering-wheel radio controls.
EX-L models can be had with a navigation system or a DVD
The 2005 Honda Pilot has a one-piece liftgate with fixed
glass. The EX-L also comes with a standard power sunroof.
The revised engine under the hood of the 2005 Honda Pilot
is a 3.5-liter, SOHC, 24-valve, 60-degree, V6 engine with
an aluminum-block-and-head design that is compact, light
and powerful. The new power ratings for 2005 are as follows:
255 horsepower at 5600 rpm and 250 lb-ft of torque at 4500
5-speed automatic is the sole transmission available. All
Pilot trim levels receive revised 4th and 5th gear ratios
providing a smoother transition between gears, along with
a new fuel tank design, increasing the Pilot's driving range
by over 40 miles.
The 2005 Honda Pilot achieves the highest combined fuel
economy in its class while meeting Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle
Furthermore, all Pilot models use a VTM-4 full-time four-wheel
drive system. With it, there's a dashboard button for locking-in
an even front/rear power split.
Safety and Security
Standard features for all 2005 Honda Pilots include dual
front airbags, front side airbags, antilock 4-wheel disc
brakes and a tire-pressure monitor. EX-L models also have
an antiskid system.